Poll: Biden leads among Dems in 2020 primary field

Poll: Biden leads among Dems in 2020 primary field

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE leads the field of potential Democratic presidential contenders, according to a new poll.

Biden is supported by 26 percent of Democrats surveyed in a Morning Consult/Politico poll. He’s followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.), who took 16 percent, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisA call to action for strategic space competition with China Old-guard Democrats must end the filibuster and symbolic progress Biden job approval at 43 percent in Iowa: poll MORE (D-Calif.) at 9 percent.


While Biden hasn’t yet announced whether he will seek the Democratic nomination in 2020, he has consistently been viewed as a top-tier candidate in polls even as other high-profile Democrats, like Harris, have jumped into the contest.

Like Biden, Sanders has yet to say whether he will run, though both men are expected to announce their decisions in the coming weeks.

The Morning Consult/Politico poll showed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate to vote on elections bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda Progressives fear nightmare scenario over voting rights assault MORE (D-Mass.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) tied for fourth in the survey at 6 percent, while Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandPentagon chief backs change to military sexual assault prosecution Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Senate GOP blocks voting rights bill The antitrust package is a Trojan horse conservatives must reject MORE (D-Minn.) follow at 2 percent each among Democratic respondents.

Among Democratic women, Biden gains 2 points in his lead over Sanders – 28 percent to 14 percent. Democratic men also favored Biden over Sanders, albeit by a smaller margin – 23 percent to 19 percent.

The survey also showed a generational difference among Democratic voters. Boomers and Generation Xers picked Biden as their top choice, at 18 percent. But younger generations – Millennials and Generation Z – leaned more towards Sanders, at 19 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

The poll comes as the Democratic primary field is growing rapidly. Since Warren announced the formation of an exploratory committee on New Year’s Eve, a handful of other candidates have jumped into the race, including Gillibrand, Harris and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' Fox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials MORE (D-Hawaii).

The Morning Consult/Politico poll surveyed 1,996 registered voters, including 694 Democrats, online from Jan. 18-22. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.